Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the process of improving the visibility of web content in search engines using an understanding of search engines' processes and algorithms. Also known as "natural" or "organic" search, it is distinct from paid web advertising.

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Effect on SEO if I keep images in different domain?

This question is related to another question that I asked earier: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/22558410/how-to-not-send-a-cookie-to-a-subdomain. It seems like, I have to put all my images to ...
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SEO: best way to deal with short lifetime URLs?

I am currently in the process of redesigning a job advert site and am trying to put a lot more effort into my SEO. My question is how should I deal with the URLs that point to job adverts when the ...
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Would Google penalize me for removing indexed pages?

I'm about to remove a large part of a website in order to replace it by a better alternative which, unfortunately, cannot be mapped to older URIs with URL rewriting. The part of the website I want to ...
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SEO: Joomla Category Page Optimization + Canonical Linking

I'm wondering how best to optimize my Joomla site's SEO. I have pages with multiple articles on each page. Either via category-type pages, or via modules. In each case, I'm not wanting users to ...
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Content keywords are unimportant in Google Webmaster Tools

When I check Google Index > Content Keywords in Google Webmaster Tools, it shows lots of unimportant keywords like: to, is, are, from, in, on, we, you and etc. That's very natural these words are ...
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Can serving a different header code for crawlers and users be considered cloaking?

I have urls that point to pages I don't know yet if exist. Whenever reaching those, I perform a not-so-quick external sources check, and if exists generate the page on the fly. In order to avoid this ...
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Proper SEO when dealing with duplicate content/article

I have a blog post I wrote which another site wishes to post on their site, verbatim. I know having identical content is an SEO "ding". Is there a way to tell Google that the new site is referencing ...
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HTML Sitemap URL format

When adding a html sitemap to a site, for SEO purposes should the links it contains be locally referenced or is it better to use the full URL? Eg: <ul> <li><a ...
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Are these backlinks hurting my site

I use Godaddy hosting. The preview DNS for my site is enabled (as there's nothing much i can do to disable it or turn it off) and as seen in the below screenshot, the previewDNS has generated a lot of ...
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Will the “Geographic Target” of my website negatively affect my search ranking? [duplicate]

Some time ago I bought a "cool" domainname to match my username, namely, wol.ph. After looking in the Google Webmaster Tools recently it told me that the Geographic Target for my domain is ...
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Managing reviews. What's best for increasing search engine ranking?

I'm managing my wife's business website for her day spa. I built the site in WordPress. I'm trying to find the best solution to manage reviews and the pro and cons of each. Right now, she has a Yelp ...
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.htaccess port 80 to another port SEO impact?

I am using the Ghost blogging platform. By default to access the blog you go to blog.my-site.com:2368 of course this makes for a ugly, unfriendly URL. I am using .htaccess to change the behavior so ...
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What more to use for SEO? [duplicate]

I was wondering how I could optimise the Google results? when I type the name of my company it wil show up, but I would like it to also show up if I type (design langezwaag) or (webdesign langezwaag) ...
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Similar category titles with minor changes

I have an eshop that has say a 100 categories. 50 of them are different types of products, say potatoes, tomatos etc. The other 50 are another classification of the same products (a different menu) ...
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Google Webmaster tools - painlessly change 300,000 urls

I have a site with over 300,000 products. Many of these products have non-alphanumeric characters in their names. I have encoded these, rendering thousands of links that look like this: ...
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Rewriting half of a low-ranking article - is it better to delete it and create a new webpage?

There's an article on my blog, half of which I'm thinking of rewriting, and this got me thinking. Is it a better idea to delete the article, rewrite the second half, then repost it on a new webpage - ...
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Several <a href=“#”>link</a> on one page - Effect on SEO and User Experience?

I've been researching the question if several <a href=“#”>link</a> links on one page have a bad impact on SEO and User Experience, for quite a while now but didn't really come to a ...
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Does Google pick up anchor text that is in nested elements?

When Google looks at anchor text on a website, will it pickup the text if it is inside nested elements? So for example: <a href="http://www.google.com/">Visit Google</a> To: <a ...
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Dynamic content and SEO

So, I am new on web development. I have already found a few questions from here that might help me in the future, but I would like to ask something more specific. I have a new website with 5 pages (5 ...
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Alexa ranking clarifications

40000 visits with 76000 pageviews, if there is a bounce rate of 44%, then does it means only 15000 users generated the 67000 page views or 50000 visits generated the 78000 page views. My site alexa ...
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SEO / Perfomance domain matters

If I register a domain by some domain registrar and than host in on some hosting provider, does the SEO or performance matter? E.g. I register the domain in UK and then host in Dallas, are there any ...
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SEO links and ajax

Only my main page shows up on a Google search on site:domain.com and I start to wonder why this happens. I also use Google Webmaster Tools which confirms this. On my main page, I have these types of ...
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Do URL sortneres make an impact on search engine rankings? [duplicate]

Can anyone explain me what does the following mean (from thesearchenginepros): The best URL shorteners will use a 301 redirect to pass along their Google page rank to the destination web address. ...
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Create a way for Googlebot to find the deep pages in my site when users would find these pages via site search

I have a website like Foursquare, where users search for business in a specific location. The users can click on markers inside the map to view details about the companies/stores, and these details ...
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Stopwords in URL for longtailed keywords

I have read some articles online that the correct SEO-practices suggest that you shouldn't use stop words in URLS. Does this also apply for URLs for pages that target long-tailed keywords that contain ...
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robots.txt could be overridden by another robots.txt in sub folders?

robots.txt is supposed to go in the root directory, I know. But, could it be overridden by another robots.txt inside a sub directory?
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How do I categorize my website (domain)? [duplicate]

I recently purchased a domain and created the website. I found that this belongs to "None" category and so found blocked in cyberoam firewall. I tried with all possible meta tags at index.html. But ...
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How to notify Google about expired content?

We run a classified ad website. When the users delete their ads, they want the indexed page removed instantly from Google. We have seen 2 complementary strategies: Adding a noarchive (Craigslist ...
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SEO linkbacks from iframe widget [duplicate]

We're building a story player for kids. Here a user can embed any of our stories in his website/ blog using our embeded widget tool. Essentially this is just an iframe that can be embedded anywhere. ...
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Advantages of purchasing a domain & hosting before website is developed

I have seen many website owners who have purchased the domain & a hosting provider before the website is online. These websites generally says "Website coming soon".. I know that you need to ...
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How urls of an ecommerce website should be made to be SEO friendly

Presently I am working on a website which has url like this For category page mydomain.com/c/10/t-shirts For product page mydomain.com/p/1023/printed-black-stripped-t-shirt I thought that this is ...
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Tracking Keyword user used to get to website

Is there a way we can add the ability to track what keywords the user has used to end up on our website? i.e. If they type in Software into google and our site pops up in the SEO list, when they click ...
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Is there any value in reposting someone else's article?

Say you get permission from the article's author to repost his article on your own site, and give a link back to the original author; is there any SEO value?
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Links in natural text VS plain list format

Our home page features links to our 4 main sub pages (it's really more, but I'll use 4 as an example). It's currently just a list of links in the content body: Custom websites designed for ...
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Google / SEO guideline about using a whole page overlay DIV and putting it in focus on Mouse Leave [duplicate]

Recently I stumbled into a startup news website yourstory.com who seem to be using a method to increase user engagement (increase page views) by capturing user's "Mouse leaving" event and on ...
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Right HTTP code for adult content block

I have a site with User Generated Content. Although only a small amount of it is Adult content, part of that has become popular in search engines in foreign languages. To avoid being classified ...
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What are the factors that affect search engine rankings? [closed]

OK, a big question, and one that I assumed had already been answered here, but it hasn't. I'm looking for a comprehensive hierarchy of all the factors that go into determining how a search result ...
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For an internal page, which title and h1 I must use for SEO?

I have a basic question about SEO and HTML design. Most homepage of websites use the code below: <html> <head> <title>Website name</title> </head> ...
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Is there any weight for a retweet by a bot?

There are many bots in Twitter that keep retweeting certain hash tags. Retweets carry weight in terms of SEO. Is it the same with a Twitter bot ? A bot could be written for the sake of tweet ...
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Would content with low views and low social interaction negatively effect my current SEO?

I currently have a site with a few articles which are all decently ranked in google. I was thinking of adding lots of new content with a paid writer but I'm concerned a lot of the content may not get ...
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Is it helpful or harmful to create SEO filler pages?

I'm not sure exactly what these "filler pages" are called, so I couldn't do a proper search. If I have a business, say a plumbing/heating company in NYC, and I created these HTML pages: ...
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How to combine pages authority into one page?

I have several pages about an entity. To illustrate, an example: John Smith Overview John Smith Places He Grew Up In John Smith Companies he worked for John Smith His HighSchool Friends Currently ...
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Do 'Created By' links add values to my website?

I am developing several websites and I usually place a 'created by' link at the bottom next to copyright to promote my job. Is this a valuable link? Even if it comes from completely different sites ...
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Google structured data for watercrafts - which category?

I have a page www.mynautics.com and I am testing structured data now. All data is correctly downloaded by Google and shown in structured data testing tool, but is not showing in Google results. I ...
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adsense for lightbox

i have image gallery and i am using lightbox to display images but to my surprize google ads are being shown for first 4 photos after that it is now showing . i assume that google thinks that i am ...
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How search engines interpret domains in different countries?

I have a domain .com but the site is in portuguese. How this can affect my reputation with search engines?
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Are text links that are NOT wrapped in anchor tags read by Google as backlinks?

My wife is a writer and often has pieces published on other sites. The articles usually list a short bio and her blog URL but never seem to anchor link to her blog. They will write www.blogtitle.com ...
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How can +2 websites benefit in a partnership aside from backlink exchange?

Website owners with the same target but different services can help each other grow. Are there methods other than linking to each other that could produce SEO benefits?
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What URLs should I put into XML Sitemap?

We will launch a project with over 1.000.000 products and those are in approx 150 categories. Later on you will find reviews and technical detail pages to those products. So there will be more than ...
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Does using '&' versus 'and' matter for SEO

When creating web page titles, is there any difference between using the word 'and' in the title compared to using an ampersand?